James Worthy

Player Names

  • James Worthy
  • James Ager Worthy

Player Nicknames

  • Big Game James
  • Clever
  • J-Dub


  • “Worthy is the smoothest, quietest Laker since his predecessor at small forward, Jamaal (Silk) Wilkes. That nickname was retired with its owner, so the Lakers started calling Worthy ‘Clever.’ For an explanation of the nickname, try guarding Worthy on a post-up.” — Los Angeles Times, May 24, 1987